Be mindful

Stay calm and centred

Stay Calm and Centred

By Yvette | 24/06/2016

How can mindfulness help you to stay calm and centred when it feels like chaos all around you? Our body’s naturally in-built defense system means that we’re hard-wired to react with fear. It’s the default setting of our ancestors based on wanting to survive. It is readily triggered in every one of us in our…

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Transform your life

How to transform your life with one single thing

By Yvette | 20/05/2016

You have the power right now to transform your life with one single thing. Pretty much everyone experiences stress at one time or another. It’s not all bad – as humans we do enjoy challenges and even a little bit of fear! But it can get too much. Do you recognise any of these? tight…

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Stay calm and focus

Stay calm and focus

By Yvette | 22/04/2016

A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just…

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Something's got to change

Something’s got to change

By Yvette | 25/03/2016

What prompts you to try something new? It might be curiosity. Or following a trend. Perhaps you don’t want to miss out. Maybe you’re desperate to make changes in your life. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change in our society.) You may…

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Asleep or awake?

Are you Asleep or Awake?

By Yvette | 11/03/2016

Are you living your life asleep or awake? Consciously or unconsciously? With mindfulness or without it? You might find yourself going through the motions of your life. Your journey to and from work, the seasons outside your window, wishing away your hours at work, anticipating the weekend and dismissing weekdays. You may well have learnt…

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Negative emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 26/02/2016

Are you fed up? … with experiencing difficult emotions and struggling to deal effectively with them? Is your mind an overwhelm of tangled information and unwelcome thoughts? Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It’s a skill that gives you a way to untangle your…

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Listening In

Listening In

By Yvette | 08/01/2016

Does life sometimes feel tough? When you go through these moments of self-doubt or bleakness, give yourself the gift of listening in. Sit, wrap a blanket round your shoulders and ‘cradle your heart.’ Light a candle. And allow yourself to be vulnerable. Ask yourself, ‘Dearest heart and mind, I’m not afraid to hear your secrets.…

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What you tell yourself about stress

Don’t believe everything you tell yourself about stress

By Yvette | 30/10/2015

Do you tell yourself that life would be better if everything was easier and stress-free? Yet what you tell yourself about stress is usually an auto-pilot reaction! Don’t always believe what you tell yourself about stress. Here are 3 ways to shift your view. 1. View your body’s stress response as helpful, not debilitating Your…

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Mindfulness and meditation quotes

My Top 20 Mindfulness and Meditation Quotes:

By Yvette | 24/07/2015

Sometimes you just need a few simple words, powerful and succinct, to inspire you. I love these mindfulness and meditation quotes. Take a few moments to read through these words of wisdom. If any of them really call to you – write them out on pieces of paper and keep them handy as tiny reminders…

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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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Notice nature

Simple Mindfulness – Notice Nature!

By Yvette | 18/04/2015

Notice Nature One of the simplest things to do to become more mindful is to notice nature. You can be mindful of: Your own breath The tasks you are doing before you The story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in Yet all the time, nature is happening outside your window. It’s there on…

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Be Here Right Now

Be here right now

By Yvette | 04/04/2015

‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle was first published in the UK in 2001. But it’s still a brilliant book for illustrating what mindfulness really is and perfect as I re-read it while watching my daughter sleep in her hospital bed overnight! Be here right now The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or…

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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 28/03/2015

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. Here are a few simple reminders to incorporate into your day. 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin each morning by noticing the sensations of your breathing for a few breaths, before jumping out of…

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The Mind-body Connection

How to be a Jedi Knight: the mind-body connection

By Yvette | 07/03/2015

The discipline of a Jedi Knight Through years of disciplined training and meditation, the Jedi Knight honed body and mind into perfect harmony. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a lot of interest in the Mind-Body connection. What exactly does this mean? As a child, you may remember moments of exuberant joy…

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Eat, drink and be merry

Eat, Drink and be Merry

By Yvette | 17/12/2014

We eat and drink all the time We couldn’t survive without food and drink. Yet how much ‘stuff’ goes on around this process! How often do we eat and drink thoughtlessly! How often are we worrying over what we eat and what we ‘mustn’t eat’. We eat for comfort. We nibble while we are busy…

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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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The gift of Mindfulness

The Gift of Mindfulness

By Yvette | 09/12/2014

You know someone dear to you is stressed. What can you do to help? It’s possible they may benefit from the gift of mindfulness. I sometimes receive queries from individuals who have done a mindfulness course and love how it has influenced their lives. They then wish to buy a course for a stressed and…

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Place of Serenity | In the flow

Be in the Flow

By Yvette | 28/11/2014

What do Tai Chi, Japanese Sword Fighting, Archery and performing a Japanese Tea Ceremony have in common? They are all activities which are encouraged in Japan because they develop a person’s ability to focus. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as being ‘in the flow’ or…

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Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 23/11/2014

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is. Choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 10/10/2014

Judy Bartholomew of www.freefromwithattitude.com invited me to guest blog.  Follow the link to her website to read more about her expertise. Read here about Mindfulness and Illness.   Tough times: Mindfulness and illness When you are going through tough times such as illness, including cancer, how can you support yourself and remain steady? Implementing mindfulness…

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Pause

Pause – it’s that simple!

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. The Pause and Patience A powerful pause opens up space for patience. Patience might have a ring of worthiness about it. We may even dismiss it in favour of the wilder ‘snap-shot’ decision or ‘just off the top…

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